CROWN POINT — An East Chicago teenager charged in the fatal shooting of an 11-year-old boy last year has until July 30 to decide whether to accept a plea deal, attorneys said Tuesday.
Sherquell D. Magee, 18, of East Chicago, is facing a murder charge in the May 5, 2018, shooting death of 11-year-old David Anderson during a fight among kids at Nunez Park in the city's Harbor section. Magee also was charged with attempted murder, battery by means of a deadly weapon and using a firearm in commission of the alleged offense.
Prosecutors offered Magee a plea deal and a counteroffer was made, but the parties have not reached an agreement, defense attorney John Cantrell said.
"We have some negotiations to complete," he said.
Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Christopher Bruno asked for a trial date.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Samuel Cappas set a pretrial hearing for July 30 and scheduled Magee's trial to begin Sept. 30.
Bruno said Magee has until July 30 to accept a plea agreement.
According to court records, Magee tried to shooting a 14-year-old boy during a fight at the park, but the boy ducked and the bullet struck Anderson.
The child involved in the fight said it was between kids from the city's Harbor and Calumet sections, records say.
Anderson died the next day from a gunshot wound to the head.